Custom molder Horizon Plastics Co. Ltd. of Cobourg, Ontario, is growing. The firm is outfitting a high-bay addition to accommodate five structural foam/structural web machines, including a recently acquired 1,000-ton Uniloy Milacron with twin 6-inch screws and a 180-inch stroke.
"We will be operational by June" in the new space, Horizon President Brian Read said in a telephone interview.
In March, the firm completed construction of the 52,000-square-foot addition after planning initially for 30,000 square feet.
"We felt the activity level was getting more brisk," he said.
Horizon leases facilities with more than 200,000 square feet and has 50,000 square feet in an outdoor storage yard.
Horizon finds more demand for value-added hot stamping, assembly and pack-out services.
"We are adding hardware kits at the machine," Read said. By doing so, "we don't have work in progress, and we are ready to ship at the end of the cycle. We distribute for our customers to their major clients."
Horizon employs 250 and expects to add 25 soon. Recently, Mike Springer joined Horizon as sales manager, and Guy Catton in an engineering capacity. Initially, Catton managed the plant expansion. Next, he will work on product development.
Horizon submitted the winning entry in an Industrial Designers Society of America/Plastics News design competition at Structural Plastics 2000, which was held March 26-28 in Vancouver, British Columbia.